Photo Update

I recently was on a vacation trip. I went a few hundred miles out of my way to visit the grave of my gr-gr-grandmother Mary (Webster) Buell who died in Michigan. She died in 1850 at aged 27 and  only had two children; Theodore and Eleanor (who died at aged 9 months).

I had visited that cemetery in 2001 and took the top picture. It was taken with a digital camera but it was only 2 mega-pixels so it was not the best quality.

This time I took a much better digital camera that takes 20 mega-pixel pictures. That picture is the second picture and to compare I pasted the old picture on to it on the left. This new picture is so large you could make out every detail.

Both times I visited this cemetery I had to cut branches off a bush that was blocking her tombstones. You would think that there would be a tombstone for young Eleanor but there isn’t one for her. Buried next to Mary is her brother, Alonson Webster and his wife.

After Mary died, her husband, John Buell, married a widow. Then John joined the Cavalry for the Civil War and he was killed at Gettyburg, PA. That left my great-grandfather, Theodore, with no mother or father. He was sent back to NY State to live with relatives.


  1. Beautiful posting, Dick. The image of you clearing the branches from the stone, at each visit, is precious. The things we do to care for and remember those that came before us.

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